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Top 30 Goalies - Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings for 2019-2020


We're back with fantasy hockey coverage at RotoBaller. Just like last year, over the course of the 2019-2020 NHL season, we'll be providing weekly updates to our fantasy hockey rankings - listing each player in terms of his rest-of-season value. Today we'll look at netminders.

Below you can find the inaugural version of our fantasy hockey goalie draft rankings - our preseason top 30 goaltenders. The rankings are the result of a collective effort from RotoBaller staff writers Chase DavisScott Cullen and Chris Wassel.

Note: Rankings are determined considering a standard Yahoo league format (wins, goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts for goalies). Value is based on factors such as past production, future NHL potential, age, stat projections, line/defensive pair combinations, quality of a player's team and contract status.

 

Top 30 Goalies - Preseason Draft Rankings

Rank Player Name Position Team Chase Scott Chris Consensus
1 Andrei Vasilevskiy G TB 9 8 9 8.7
2 Sergei Bobrovsky G FLA 33 19 29 27.0
3 Frederik Andersen G TOR 29 50 23 34.0
4 Ben Bishop G DAL 22 65 22 36.3
5 Pekka Rinne G NSH 38 39 44 40.3
6 Marc-Andre Fleury G VGK 36 68 36 46.7
7 Tuukka Rask G BOS 44 64 38 48.7
8 Carey Price G MTL 51 52 51 51.3
9 Braden Holtby G WSH 59 69 59 62.3
10 Jordan Binnington G STL 64 59 64 62.3
11 John Gibson G ANA 56 95 56 69.0
12 Philipp Grubauer G COL 81 82 74 79.0
13 Devan Dubnyk G MIN 95 63 95 84.3
14 Matt Murray G PIT 74 100 81 85.0
15 Connor Hellebuyck G WPG 92 73 97 87.3
16 Martin Jones G SJ 89 91 89 89.7
17 Carter Hart G PHI 85 101 85 90.3
18 Antti Raanta G ARI 132 126 132 130.0
19 Petr Mrazek G CAR 137 156 137 143.3
20 David Rittich G CGY 127 177 127 143.7
21 Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 129 176 129 144.7
22 Robin Lehner G CHI 177 113 177 155.7
23 Corey Crawford G CHI 145 189 145 159.7
24 Jacob Markstrom G VAN 147 188 147 160.7
25 Darcy Kuemper G ARI 159 206 159 174.7
26 Mackenzie Blackwood G FA 190 146 190 175.3
27 Semyon Varlamov G NYI 119 308 119 182.0
28 Thomas Greiss G NYI 180 218 180 192.7
29 Jimmy Howard G DET 186 228 186 200.0
30 Jonathan Quick G LA 195 251 195 213.7

Fantasy Hockey Goalies - Rankings Analysis 

Finishing second in Vezina Trophy voting last season, Ben Bishop checks in at #4 in our preseason goaltender rankings. Benefiting from a new, ultra-defensive system under first-year Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, the hulking netminder is fresh off a season in which he established career-bests in goals-against average (1.98), save-percentage (.934) and shutouts (seven) in 46 starts. In fact, Bishop likely would have taken home the Vezina if not being hindered starts - a product of suffering multiple injuries over the course of the campaign. With his lanky frame, Bishop has proven to be quite injury prone and that prevents him in ranking higher on our list. With a capable backup in Dallas as Anton Khudobin, fantasy owners would be wise to pencil him in 47-52 starts, which combined with elite ratios, should still place him the in the top-five of all goaltenders in 2019-2020.

Braden Holtby is still considered a top-ten backstopper despite posting one of the worst statistical seasons of his career in 2018-2019 (2.82 GAA, .911 SVP). Having played deep into the summer en route to hoisting his first Stanley Cup last summer, the 30-year-old struggled out of the gates but managed to find his game to the tune of a 15 wins, 2.42 GAA and .920 SVP in 24 contests post All-Star Break. He then maintained his high level of play throughout the first round of the playoffs before Washington eventually faltered in seven games.

Entering the final year of his current five-year deal that pays him just $6.1 million per season, Holtby will be looking to further elevate his value and establish himself as one of the highest paid netminders in hockey. Holtby has a lot to prove in 2019-2020 and should serve as a strong source for wins and above-average ratios for fantasy owners.

Labeled as one of the top goalie prospects since Marc-Andre Fleury, Carter Hart was surprisingly handed over the keys to the Flyer's starting role as a first-year professional in 2018-2019. At just 21-years-old, Hart went out and proved that the Flyers made the right call - posting 16 wins, a 2.83 GAA and a .917 SVP in 30 starts to close out the year. At such a young age, the 2017-2018 Canadian Junior Goalie of the Year seems to carry an underlying sense of calamity and poise in his game.

Combined his elite talent level and strong fundamentals, Hart could elevate himself up our list as he gets more NHL experience under his belt. It would be foolish to draft the Alberta native without expecting him to experience some growing pains - as he continues to transition to his new role - but his sky-high ceiling makes him easily worth his #16 spot on the rankings.

It might seem odd to see a Vezina candidate ranked so low on the list at #21 as is the case with Robin Lehner. Departing from Barry Trotz' tight defensive system on Long Island to a high-flying, offensive style ran by Jeremy Colliton in Chicago, Lehner will have a bit of an adjustment to make in his first season in a Blackhawks uniform. In fact, Lehner will be joining a team ranked 30th in both goals-against-per-game (3.55) and shots-allowed-per-game (34.8), a stark difference from playing behind an Islanders team that ranked first and 12th in each respective category last season.

In addition to the environment change, the 28-year-old will likely be splitting starts with two-time Stanley Cup Champion Corey Crawford - something that limits his win potential. Lehner's career-season (2.27 GAA, .930 SVP) last year showcases his tremendous upside but should he should be considered as a risky selection at the back end of drafts.

 

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